UPDATE: Staff at the Correctional Training Facility are saying the prison remain under a modified lockdown as investigators continue to determine how and why this riot started.
The CDCR confirmed 50 inmates were injured during a riot involving about 200 or so inmates. 8 inmates had to be transferred to Natividad Medical Center in Salinas for treatment.
Prison staff have not confirmed if those inmates have been discharged and transported back to the CTF in Soledad.
The CDCR says all inmates are expected to be okay.
UPDATE: Officials with CDCR confirm 50 inmates are being treated and 8 are hospitalized following a large-scale riot that took place this morning at the CTF in Soledad.
They say the incident began when approximately 200 inmates began fighting on the yard. Responding staff immediately gave participants of the riot multiple orders to stop fighting. When they did not comply, staff deployed chemical agents, non-lethal weapons and discharged nine rounds from the state-issued Ruger Mini-14 rifle as warning shots to end the incident.
They say once the warning shots were fired, one group of inmates immediately complied with the orders of responding staff, lying face down on the yard. Another group backed away from the complying inmates, but continued to ignore the orders of staff to lie down on the ground.
Officials tell us eight inmates sustained injuries that required transportation to outside hospitals for treatment. Those injuries included puncture wounds, cuts and bruises to head, neck and torso areas. All eight inmates are in stable condition. Approximately 50 more inmates are being treated by medical staff at CTF for minor injuries.
No staff members were injured in the riot.
Four inmate-manufactured weapons were recovered and the cause of the riot is being investigated by CTF’s Investigative Services Unit.
They say the Office of the Inspector General and a CDCR Deadly Force Investigations Team (DFIT) was notified. A deadly force review board will conduct a full and complete review of the incident as well.
Movement on Facility C, a medium-custody general population facility, has been limited to facilitate an investigation into the cause of the riot. Officials from the Monterey County District Attorney’s office are assisting in that investigation.